To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating an understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. They learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and they begin to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose. They develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year.
The goals and priorities for this course is intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently master implementation of the more rigorous state standards for English Language Arts, using Writer’s Workshop as a vehicle to provide tangible connections between the standards and real-life, hands-on application of literacy instruction within the classroom through student choice, building confidence as writers and through frequent, ongoing collaboration and dialogue. Writer’s Workshop is based on the premise of three components to encourage such dialogue, through short, concise mini-lessons, leading into independent writing/conferencing and concluding with share time, known as Author’s Chair.
Connections between the standards for English Language Arts and the Danielson’s Framework with real-life, hands-on application of literacy instruction within the classroom will be provided for teachers in a variety of ways that will result in the specific application of instructional strategies, student choice, building confidence as writers and through frequent, ongoing collaboration and dialogue.
This course has been divided into the following modules:
- Why Writer’s Workshop?
- Types of Mini-Lessons to Implement Writer’s Workshop Effectively
- An In-Depth Look at Author’s Craft Mini-Lessons
- Alignment of the Common Core ELA standards with the Writing Process
- Building Confidence of Writers Using Effective Collaborative Strategies
- Putting Everything Together to Promote Student Mastery
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